Director Francis Ford Coppola enlisted 75 UCLA students in a month-long project that he terms an experiment in a concept he calls “Live Cinema.” With the students and some faculty as crew, Coppola produced and directed an Italian family saga called ...
Director Francis Ford Coppola enlisted 75 UCLA students in a month-long project that he termsÂ an experiment in a concept he calls â€œLive Cinema.â€ With the students and some faculty as crew, Coppola produced and directed an Italian family saga called Distant Vision,Â utilizing feeds from a multitude of cameras, instant replay servers, and other sources which the director can switch live.
An excerpt of Distant Vision wasÂ broadcast live from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Televisionâ€™s Freud Playhouse yesterdayÂ to a limited audience. In an announcement of the project, Coppola and Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, called the workshop a â€œproof of conceptâ€ in Coppolaâ€™s Live Cinema experiment.
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
â€œI felt the need to experiment in order to learn the actual methodology of live cinema, which is a hybrid of theater, film and television,â€ Coppola said. â€œThe shotÂ is the basic element, as in film; the live performanceÂ is from theater; and the advanced television technologyÂ to enable it is borrowed from TV sports. It is very exciting to work in.â€
As itâ€™s developed, Live Cinema could be performed in multiple cinema theaters, configured auditoriums, on network television, cable television or Internet streaming to home theaters or personal devices, per UCLA, whereÂ Coppola received an M.F.A. in Theater Arts in 1967.
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